James Moore on Alfred Russel Wallace

January 1, 2012

Alfred Wallace was the co-discover, with Charles Darwin, of the theory of natural selection.  Wallace was also a great 19th century naturalist who spent years collecting speciments in the Amazon River Basin and later in the Malay Archipelago.  Unlike the aristocratic Darwin, Wallace always had to work for a living.  Historian of science James Moore says Wallace remains a mysterious figure, unlike the more famous Darwin.